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Lagos, Nigeria

Fifty years of Lagos. But what about the next 50?

The Nigerian megacity of Lagos, with its 20 million inhabitants, is the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa and is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Wizkid

How Nigeria's Wizkid fashioned a new sound that won global appeal

He has a staggering seven nominations at the Billboard Music Awards and will come to the UK to headline festivals this summer.

The Wedding Party (Movie)

Check out the 8 Nollywood movies taking this year's Toronto International Film Festival by storm (Photos & Videos)

“Lagos is entirely unique,” said Cameron Bailey the programme curator in a statement. “The city of Fela Kuti’s music has also given birth to one of the world’s most vibrant film industries.

Davido: “Most music that comes out these days has our elements already in it, so why wouldn’t the people love African music?” (Tom Oxley/Washington Post)

Is this the year that African music will conquer the United States?

Whether it’s through hip-hop, R&B, Top 40 radio or Internet memes, Drake is a ubiquitous presence on our cultural landscape. Yet for all of his inescapable hits in the past few years, it was only in May that Drake finally topped the Billboard charts.

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Lagos calling: Tony Allen opens up Nigeria's music scene

If you want a city that’s a modern musical powerhouse, you don’t need to think of London or Los Angeles or New York.

Wakaa! explores themes including emigration of young Nigerians. U.S. and British universities are very popular with Nigerian students, who often look abroad for better economic opportunities. Credit: Jermaine Sanwoolu/newsweek.com

Nigerian musical Wakaa! targets Broadway after successful London stint

As the curtain falls on the first Nigerian musical to make the leap to a London theater, its executive producer is setting her sights higher still.

The pool at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City. Credit: Daniel Boshoff/nytimes.com

Accra is Africa's Capital of Cool

With its thriving contemporary art and nightlife scenes, the Ghanaian city of Accra has become a cosmopolitan hot spot. Here’s what to do there.

Fela Kuti: A militant message couched in uplifting form. Photograph: Leni Sinclair/Getty Images

Here are the 10 best songs by Fela Kuti

A look back over a seminal career that encompassed political dissidence, UFO contact, chicken sacrifice – and some of the greatest dance music ever recorded.

Nigerian pop star, D'banj has been one of the continent's biggest names over the years (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

The sound of young urban Africa is set to take over the world's pop charts

London has long been one of the world’s most influential pop culture centers, particularly with fashion and music.

Afrobeat king Tony Allen. Credit: cnn.com

"I still want to play something impossible": Afrobeat king Tony Allen (Photos)

“The first thing he asked was ‘Are you the one who said that you are the best drummer in this country?’ I laughed and told him, ‘I never said so.’ He asked me if I could play jazz and I said yes. He asked me if I could take solos and I said yes again.”

D'banj poses at his home in Lagos. Photographer: Paul Odijie/Bloomberg

Nigeria's booming music scene: An interview with D'banj (Video)

The mansion, the pool, the Bentley, the life-size portrait and the gold medallions are the spoils of a revolution in Nigeria and music superstar D’banj is enjoying them.

The Mercedes Maybach is one of the auto brands popular amongst Nigeria's top one percent

In Lagos, Nigeria, the 1% takes stock

Guests sashayed through the tent doors into a scene of surreal opulence. At the far end of the tent, engulfed by servants, courtiers, national politicians and guards with wires in their ears, the celebrant perched beside his wife on a throne covered with white faux fur, his every move broadcast on flat-screens arrayed around the tent walls.

Muhammadu Buhari, APC's candidate for Nigeria's presidency and former military leader

Rehabilitated Buhari billed as answer to Nigeria's problems

More than 30 years after he ruled with an iron fist, jailing the corrupt and championing the virtues of military discipline in all things, Muhammadu Buhari is now being billed as Nigeria’s savior.

Fela Kuti

The making of a musician - ‘Finding Fela’ by Alex Gibney: A movie review by The New York Times

The small gesture was not Fela Kuti’s style. With his band the Africa 70, this Afrobeat pioneer rolled out monster-size grooves, chugging along with soulful beats, keyboards and horns.

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Fela Kuti: Africa's Bob Marley - or an African Handel?

When I met Fela Kuti, the self-styled “Black President”, he was in a London hotel wearing only a pair of red underpants, smoking a massive joint, surrounded by three of his wives he notoriously married 26 in one day and his personal magician, a Ghanaian who called himself Professor Hindu.

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Catching Up With Seun Kuti on "Finding Fela"

Finding Fela is an unforgettable documentary that sits with you, long after the music ends and even the image of Fela Kuti—Nigerian musician, political activist, creator of Afrobeat and subject of the Broadway musical Fela!—begins to fade.

Seun Kuti

Afrobeat uprising: the musicians fighting against a tide of sugary pop

Once upon a time, Lagos was the city where Afrobeat stars such as Fela Kuti and Fatai Rolling Dollar cast musical spells under tropical skies.

Left - Right: General Joseph Ankrah (Chairman, Ghana National Liberation Council), Lieutenant Colonel Yakubu Gowon (Head of State, Nigeria), and Lt. Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Governor, Eastern Region, Nigeria) at Aburi, Ghana

Naij - A History of Nigeria by Jide Olanrewaju - An Actualize Production (Video)

An excellent, in-depth video of Nigeria’s history by Jide Olanrewaju